What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. Read on to learn more about Play and especially how to incorporate science learning into your child's playtime.
Allowing your child plenty of time to play is so important for early literacy! And play that involves science exploration not only supports the six early literacy skills - print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, phonological awareness and narrative skills - it does so much more.
Playing around with fun science activities helps your child develop problem solving skills that she will take with her as she tackles learning to read and the many other challenges she might face. It also helps children to make predictions about their world and it encourages genuine curiosity.
Science demonstrates that there is a difference between an opinion and a fact and it teaches children to look for answers for themselves. When doing a simple science activity with your child, have him write down his observations to help develop those writing skills. This will also encourage your child to notice the finer details of what is going on around him.
Plus playing with science is just fun! And having fun with your child creates an unbreakable bond, kind of like an ionic bond. : )
So search the internet for science based activities or pick up a book featuring simple science experiments to do with your preschooler. Take a look at the nonfiction shelves at J 507.8 or grab a copy of The Curious Kids Science Book by Asia Citro.